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ALTON WEEKLY TELEGRAPH, THURSDAY, JAN, 13, 1898, HOW COAL OIL CAME IN. Remarkable Development of the Petroleum Industry, SINKING COLONEL DRAKE'S WELL, The rrnitml WH* nt l''lr»t t'upi! Only n« B Mnllrlni- Moti It t« fUUrrd In Ilir Malting of Out- f Itimlrcfl nnil Fifty ,\r- tlolcR Ki«r* i«r a <i:;nit Industry. It has been less than 40 years since .the first oil well was drilled in Ibis Country, yt vo 'ii|."-r of our many giant industries has developed so amazingly •I has that of pmnpiim from nature <• •nbtorr.'i-.ieaii «t,".-e!:'Ui.-c the substance kliown :is petroleum. Kisrly in tlm Cities, the p-odurtion of b.nvn sunk their all in a "dry Inlo" Is n big one. No mining camp over fur- nishrd wilder Fcmu-s than did Pitholo, Hod Hot or some of the other oil towns during tho boom tim«-s. The birthday of the oil industry is J«finitely lixi-l ns Saturday. Aug 'JS. l^n'i, for it was on that day that Colo- aol K. L. Drakn "struck oil" on tho \Villard farm, two mills south of Titu-; villfi. lie wiis th" first man to drill for oil Pctroli uiu had ulri'iidy til-en M cured from salt wells, but it was regarded as a nuisance Small '|uantitirs of ii were bottled, however, and on the label was shown u picture of \\ di rrii-!: Georcf 11 IMsM 11 a Ni-w York lawyer. *i\w this label, and it MiyKrvted an idin to him If oil could be f'Uiiid in boring for salt. why not hop- for ml: lu )S,"i4 the IVim- t-ylvama Koch i >H company \vas formed. but it was in May. is,"-s. Ufoiv Urakiv who had IH---M engaged to sink tho wi 11. went toTitnsvilie and N ;:an Mjn-rnJions HE PAYS THE POSTAGE. of Ilic t'nlijnr Mclluiil* «f A llnston You remember .louts of "lie pay; the troiijht' fume. He did it u.« a matter of j business Huston bus u man \\ ho pays' pays' the po.jiago and does it out of pure phi j luiitlirrphy. Hisnnme is lienjainin Cut • ler Clark He is a wrnllhy oord,-\>:t v luor rhanl uud incidentally a philanthropist nlong new linos 8oim> yrnr*. .ivro the fuel was brought t Mr Clark's nttcu- tlon that a! out < hn-ti>u\s Mtne i\ \i\ Amount of i!Mil !!;.i:t'.r. ni;;.ilv LOOTINGjiN EMPIRE. WHY THE EUROPEAN POWERS ARE EAGER TO DIVIDE CHINA. The Ulnnt Old r»irlnri>!i at Nntloni I« Itlrh In Tra anil Silk, mill lite Aiuraiid ns \\'iliit to Divide tlm Spoils•—ItimHla'i Grub. At tlits distance It is hard for us tt, rrulizi 1 tit" real imporanoo of the situa lion in the cast. As a matter of fact now epoch in tho history of the orient accompanied by changes almost as null on I :»< those which took plueo in this continent two centuries ago, has been bogmi. China, which for centuries has existed changeless unil passive amid th world's progress, is paying the penalty for inactivity. The country is like (.•rout, sleepy, helpless plant whose size IIH-- heretofore scare'd away all mnraud

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  1. Alton Telegraph,
  2. 13 Jan 1898, Thu,
  3. Page 10

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